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Short straws mean shortened terms
By Tom Maurer, The Oregonian
on October 18, 2007 at 2:00 PM, updated October 18, 2007 at 2:16 PM
You all know how it goes: If you draw the short straw, you get the short end of the deal.
Oddly enough, board members of the Northwest Regional Education Service Districtwill actually draw straws in November to determine whose term expires in June and who continues until June 2010.
At the fate of their own picking, four of the nine board members will cut their terms short. The drawing will be organized so two of the five elected members and two of the four appointed members will pick shorter straws.
The goal is to stagger terms so a single election won't wipe out a majority of the board, said Superintendent Jim Mabbott. All terms now end June 2010.
The service district -- Oregon's largest -- serves 20 school districts ranging from printing materials to operating alternative schools. The coverage area includes Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties.
As part of legislative reforms in 2005, the service district was one of three in the state that switched to a new election model. Local school leaders, rather than the public, would elect members for the board. Five elected members took office July 1, 2006 and appointed four members the following month.
The board's meeting is Nov. 20 at the Columbia Service Center in St. Helens. If a board member doesn't make it to the meeting to draw straws, Mabbott said the board will implement plan B: picking names from a hat.